Posted on April 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Organizers of the Women's Prize for Fiction have condemned an online letter attacking one of this year’s nominees.

The Wild Woman Writing Club objected to the nomination of Torrey Peters, a trans woman, viewing it as an encroachment on a women’s space by men.

In response, the prize organizers issued a statement saying they opposed discrimination based on gender identity (among other characteristics) and that they “deplored” attempts to bully judges and nominees, reports the Guardian.

Several prominent authors, including Elif Shafak and Joanne Harris, expressed their support for Peters and her nomination and criticized the signatories who wouldn’t sign under their real names.

Some of the pseudonyms include Emily Dickinson, Daphne du Maurier, Willa Cather, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman; they’re being used, according to the letter, for fear of “harassment by trans extremists and/or cancellation by the book industry.”

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